Jewish ex­trem­ist probe stalls

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY ANSHEL PF­EF­FER

THE PROBE into the mur­der of three mem­bers of the Dawab­she fam­ily in the Pales­tinian vil­lage of Douma four months ago is fail­ing to de­liver in­dict­ments against the sus­pects cur­rently held for the ar­son at­tack.

Shin Bet in­ves­ti­ga­tors were al­lowed by the gov­ern­ment to use “spe­cial mea­sures” in the in­ter­ro­ga­tions — what is be­ing de­scribed by crit­ics as tor­ture — but the sus­pects have yet to make any con­fes­sions. The names of the four, one of whom is a mi­nor, are still sub­ject to a gag-or­der.

One of the rea­sons for the ex­ces­sive mea­sures be­ing used in the in­ter­ro­ga­tions is the fact that, while the Shin Bet is con­vinced the sus­pects were in­volved in some way, the ev­i­dence ac­cu­mu­lated so far is ei­ther in­ad­mis­si­ble in court or could com­pro­mise other in­ves­ti­ga­tions if pre­sented.

All the sus­pects are known to have taken part in vi­o­lent at­tacks and are af­fil­i­ated with the “Hill­top Youth”, a group of young peo­ple who want to bring down the sec­u­lar Is­raeli state and re­place it with a “ha­lachic” one.

Last week, Chan­nel 10 broad­cast footage of a “hill­top youth” wed­ding in which they were seen danc­ing to a “re­venge song”, while bran­dish­ing knives and guns and slash­ing a pho­to­graph of Ali Dawab­she, the 18-mon­thold baby mur­dered in Douma.

The footage has been used by the se­cu­rity ser­vices to dampen op­po­si­tion to their probe from set­tler groups.

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